The Power of Now-full of nonesense or something to it?

I just signed up to a Philosophy course which promised to not indoctrinate me and actually try to brainwash me to believe that there is a god and he wants to save me. The discussion last week was about the art of 'being' and understanding who "I" am. The speaker ended the session with: 'Be still and know that "I" am God.' -I went up to him and asked, before I judge and block off your teachings altogether, is there some literature I can read that can help me to understand what you are trying to tell us here? He replied with "The Power of Now." by Eckhart Tolle.

I've started to read it, but am finding myself to be incredibly cynical. Anyone else had a stab at it?

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Comment by Jānis Ķimsis on May 31, 2010 at 3:53pm
What's it about? Sounds wooy.
Comment by Joe O'Brien on May 31, 2010 at 4:30pm
I've always been wary of Tolle. I haven't read his books but from the descriptions I've heard it sounds like he teaches vague wishy washy nonsense. Nothing so outrageous to set off most bullshit detectors but I think it's telling that he has a pretty fanatical fan base. Add to that that Oprah has pushed his work just like she did for The Secret.

It'd be interesting if you read it all and gave us a review though.
Comment by Galen on May 31, 2010 at 8:44pm
'Be still and know that "I" am God.'

This sounds like pretty standard self-empowerment rhetoric to me. The self-help philosophy that "you" are the "God" of your own life, control your own destiny, etc. Not actually a bad philosophy if taught properly, imo.

What I've always found particularly funny about it, however, is that it almost perfectly mirrors official doctrine of the Church of Satan (LeVay's church). The Satanic Bible (which I have read) takes the position that YOU are the only god worth following, you control your own life, etc.
Comment by Sophia Kousiakis on June 3, 2010 at 3:25pm
Well, I've been trying to give it more of a go.. There are certain things that I agree with such as: that the incessant mental noise prevents you from finding the realm of inner stillness.. However, someone said to me today.. peace comes from knowing that the "I" my philosophy teacher was talking about is 'nothing'. I like this concept better..

Joe I agree I should have seen it coming when Oprah had it on her top 10 book list... All I'm tending to agree on now, is that when being = being peaceful.

What's anyone's thoughts on Descartes: "I think, therefore I am." ?


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